In the latest course to be offered on our dynamic online learning platform, Vernā discusses the self-doubt inflicting phenomenon commonly known as imposter syndrome.
“We’re always comparing our insides to other people’s outsides.” – Annie Lamott
In our timely new course, Confronting Imposter Syndrome, through 6 chapters that seamlessly build upon another, Vernā provides insights into the inner workings of imposter syndrome in an open conversation that outlines its very real role in all aspects of life, most often professionally.
According to a review article published in the International Journal of Behavioral Science, a total of 70% of the U.S. population has experienced some level of impostor syndrome throughout their life.
That’s right, seventy-percent!
It’s a significant number that represents so many in the workplace and the reason why we created a course that takes a deeper dive into why imposter syndrome can be so paralyzing for some. Confronting and overcoming imposter syndrome is much like any issue we encounter in the workplace where taking the time to understand something new can change your life and change the overall work environment. Having a tremendous impact on professionals looking to launch or move ahead in their career, imposter syndrome can be triggered by a variety of situations and environments. For some, it’s about delivering a presentation, for others it’s participating in a job interview. For all, it’s the feeling of inadequacy and doubt that you have what it takes to do the job you’ve been given or are vying for.
Imposter syndrome can hit women and women of color harder, as discussed in this piece from BBC’s Equality Matters, stating that: “When you experience systemic oppression or are directly or indirectly told your whole life that you are less-than or undeserving of success and you begin to achieve things in a way that goes against a long-standing narrative in the mind, imposter syndrome will occur.”
But what is imposter syndrome, really? Vernā breaks it down into two overarching mindsets:
- Covering: Doubting you have what it takes to be successful and you fear someone will take it all away, and
- Code-Switching: Pretending to be someone you’re not because you fear your authentic self will be judged negatively.
Each with their own set of struggles and obstacles to overcome — whether turning down opportunities due to a lack of belief in oneself or diminishing one’s own authentic self to make others more comfortable— both forms of imposter syndrome take a psychological toll on the individual involved. The good news is, we can help.
Confronting Imposter Syndrome is designed to be watched by people in all job categories and positions to help recognize, understand and break through imposter syndrome, providing valuable tools and tips stemmed from compassion and understanding. Using stories, examples, and humor, Vernā invites you to recognize and overcome imposter syndrome, reminding us that, “anything you do will benefit you if you put your best foot forward.” REGISTER NOW!